Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Exhibition Results
Northern Illinois 89, Aurora 56
Akron 106, Malone 67
Ohio 82, Mercyhurst 42
Western Michigan 81, Roosevelt 60
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Northern Illinois 89, Aurora 56
DEKALB, Ill. -- Six players scored in double figures, led by 12 each from sophomore forward Kevin Gray (Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy) and freshman guard Mike Davis (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights) as the Northern Illinois men's basketball team defeated Aurora University, 89-56, in an exhibition contest on Saturday night at the NIU Convocation Center.
"I thought that we shared the ball well, we got out and ran," said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. "Both Keith and Kevin Gray set the tone early and anytime that you can get a `w' you are happy. There are a lot of things that you can get out of an exhibition game. Defensively you can look at your transition defense, did you switch out the right way. We will look at the film tomorrow and see how we can be sharper heading into next Friday."
Freshman guard J.J. Cravatta (Streator, Ill./Streator Township) added 11 points while freshman guard Akeem Springs (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan Township and freshman wing Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) each added 10 points.
Sophomore forward Keith Gray (Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy) also scored 10 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor, and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Kevin Gray was also perfect from the field, shooting 5-of-5.
Freshman guard Travon Baker (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium) led the Huskies with five assists, freshman guard Daveon Balls (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) added four assists and eight points.
Northern Illinois shot 56.7 percent (34-of-60) from the field and 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the free-throw line while holding Aurora to just 28.1 percent shooting (18-of-64).
Kevin Gray got NIU off to a quick start with the six points of the contest, giving the Huskies an early lead.
Holding an 8-4 advantage, NIU used a 13-3 run to push its lead to 21-7 with 11:34 to play in the first half. Bowie and Springs each had a pair of baskets during the run; Cravatta added a triple as the Huskies took a 14-point lead.
Cravatta connected on three of NIU's five 3-point field goals in the contest.
Aurora pulled back within 10, 30-20, with 7:24 to play in the first half but the Huskies ended the opening stanza with a 17-6 burst to take a 47-26 lead into the intermission.
Kevin Gray led all scorers with 10 points in the first half as the Huskies shot 63.6 percent from the field (21-of-33) in the opening 20 minutes. Marious Lobdell paced the Spartans with eight points in the first half.
The Huskies scored the first 19 points to begin the second half, extending their lead to 66-26 on a Cravatta triple with 14:30 to play in the contest. Aurora ended its scoring drought at the 14:17 mark on a basket by Scott Laskowski.
Lobdell finished with 12 points to lead Aurora. Laskowski and Joel Iventosch each chipped in nine points for the Spartans.
Northern Illinois will open the regular season next Friday, Nov. 9, when it travels to Nebraska Omaha. Game time against the Mavericks is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Akron 106, Malone 67
AKRON, Ohio – Nick Harney led five Zips in double figures with a game-high 22 points as The University of Akron men's basketball team defeated Malone 106-67 in its second and final exhibition game Saturday evening at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Harney was 11-of-13 from the floor and added seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. Reggie McAdams and Blake Justice each had 15 points off the bench, with Justice scoring all of his points on 3-pointers. Jake Kretzer and Brian Walsh chipped in with 11 each, and Zeke Marshall had eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
As a team, UA shot 41-of-69 (59.4 percent) from the floor and held the Pioneers to 21-of-62 (33.9 percent) shooting on the night. The Zips also shot 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from beyond the arc. Akron's bench out-scored Malone's 76-22 and the Zips held a 49-25 advantage on the glass.
Malone was led by Isiah Elliott's 19 points.
After Malone opened the game by out-scoring the Zips, 7-4, Akron went on a 9-2 run to take a 13-9 lead at the first media timeout as Harney capped the run with a two-handed baseline slam.
The Pioneers would cut the UA lead to two at 16-14 on 3-pointer by Christian Graves, but the Zips answered with a 12-0 run to push their lead to 14 points at 28-14 when Marshall spit a pair of free throws with 11:07 remaining.
During the 12-0 run, McAdams and Deji Ibitayo provided instant offense for the Zips as McAdams canned his second trey of the half and Ibitayo had five points on a three of his own and two free throws.
McAdams continued to have the hot hand in the first half as he scored five straight points on a three from the right corner and a pull up baseline jumper from the opposite side of the court, which gave Akron a 21 point lead (39-18) at the under eight minute media timeout.
A pair of buckets by Ibitayo, a Marshall turn-around jumper and a 3-pointer from Justice forced a Malone timeout at the 2:55 mark with the Zips leading, 53-24.
The Zips entered the locker room at halftime with a comfortable 61-29 lead as McAdams (13) and Harney (10) each scored in double figures in the first half. UA shot 61.1 percent (22-of-36) from the field in the first 20 minutes.
Chauncey Gilliam opened the second half with seven quick points that made the score 68-29 and prompted a Malone timeout at the 18:08 mark.
Harney continued his strong play in the second half as he scored eight-straight points on two lay-ups and two dunks to make the score 82-40 with 12:35 left.
A thunderous one-handed slam by Harney pushed Akron's lead to a game-high 50 points (90-40) with 10:12 left. The Zips went over the century mark for the second straight game thanks to a tip-in by Harney with 4:15 left that made the score 101-59.
The Zips open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, when they play at Coastal Carolina at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Ohio 82, Mercyhurst 42
ATHENS, Ohio - Junior guard Nick Kelloggscored a game-high 19 points to lead the Ohio University men's basketball team to a convincing 82-42 win over Mercyhurst University Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) connected on 7-of-9 attempts from the field and was 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Kellogg scored 14 points in the first half alone. Senior forward Reggie Keely(University Heights, Ohio) came off the bench and scored 13 points.
Senior Walter Offutt(Indianapolis, Ind.) also posted a strong afternoon as he scored 10 points, connecting a pair of 3-pointers.
Defensively for the `Cats, Ohio forced Mercyhurst into 31 turnovers - 22 of those turnovers came in the first half. Ohio also held MU to just 27 percent shooting for the game.
Ohio and Mercyhurst were tied at 10 apiece five minutes into the game, but the Bobcats would go on a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes to take control of the game.
Offutt hit back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner to put Ohio up by six during the stretch. Keely followed with a 3-point play that put that `Cats up by nine at 19-10. Keely stole the ball from MU's Beau Samuelson and then drove all the way to the hoop, which brought the crowd of over 4,000 fans to its feet.
Mercyhurst would cut the Bobcats' lead to 10 with 7:34 to go in the game, but that was as close as MU would get for the remainder of the game.
Over the final seven minutes of the first half, Ohio outscored the Lakers 17-4 to take a commanding 40-17 lead into the locker room. Keely led the Ohio run as he scored four points all of which came from the free throw line.
Ohio came out of the locker room with an 11-0 run to put the game well out of reach. Keely led the `Cats second charge as he scored four points. Midway through the second half, Ohio led Mercyhurst 63-32 as it secured the win.
Ohio opens its 2012-13 regular season schedule on Saturday, Nov. 10 as it welcomes Portland to the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. The Bobcats will unveil their Sweet 16 banner prior to the game.
Western Michigan 81, Roosevelt 60
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team used a 17-4 run at the beginning of the second half to pull away from a dangerous Roosevelt team, and the Broncos defeated the Lakers 81-60 in the final exhibition game of the 2012-13 season. With the win, the Broncos finish their exhibition schedule with a 2-0 record, having defeated Kalamazoo College on Thursday night.
Austin Richie had a game-high 16 points for the Broncos, going 3 of 5 from the field and making eight of his 10 free throws to lead either team in scoring. Shayne Whittington scored 13 points, Jared Klein notched 11, and Brandon Pokley posted 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring. Nate Hutcheson recorded the game-high in rebounds for the second time in a row, grabbing nine boards just two days after his 10-rebound performance against Kalamazoo College.
The Lakers pushed the Broncos at the start of the second half, cutting the Broncos' lead to just three points two minutes into the half. Roosevelt's Jeremiah Jackson made a free throw at the 17:06 mark to cut the Broncos' lead to 38-35, but WMU got hot from the field and doused the Lakers' comeback hopes. Richie sparked his team with a three-pointer at the 16:09 mark, while at the same time drawing a foul from the Lakers' Joe Harks. Richie made his free throw to complete the four-point play and to extend the Broncos' lead to seven points. Whittington took an inlet pass from Richie at the 15:29 mark and laid it in, and the Broncos eventually hit double-digits on their lead when Richie made the front end of a pair of foul shots at 12:28. Darius Paul stretched the lead on the second free throw, cleaning up Richie's miss with a put-back tip to make it 51-39, and the 17-4 run was capped when Richie made a pair of free throws at the 11:30 mark, making the score 55-39.
Roosevelt never seriously challenged the Broncos for the rest of the game, with WMU stretching the lead to more than 20 points at the 7:44 mark and never looking back. Whittington broke that seal with a pair of free throw makes, setting the score at 65-44, and Klein added a jumper at the 7:01 mark to make it a 23-point deficit. Klein would later go on to give the Broncos their biggest lead of the night, when his free throw at the 4:11 mark made it 73-49. The Broncos closed their scoring night with a three-pointer from Von Washington III, who drained one from the right wing on a slick kick-out from Nick Stapert.
The Broncos jumped out to a quick start against the Lakers, opening the game on a 12-4 run. Whittington got things started with a lay-up on the opening possession, and Pokley made it a quick two-possession lead with a three-pointer from the right corner. Whittington would knock down a jumper from 10 feet out at the 16:55 mark, and Dan Loney would take a slick inlet pass from Hutcheson 30 seconds later, making a lay-up to give the Broncos a 10-4 lead. Whittington capped the run with a pair of free throw makes at the 15:34 mark.
The Broncos held a double-digit lead midway through the first half, reaching a 10-point advantage when A.J. Avery tipped in an errant Jared Klein shot at the 12:20 mark; Hutcheson would go on to extend the lead to 13 points with a lay-up at the 10:32 mark, making it 21-8. Hutcheson helped keep the Lakers at bay with a lay-up at the 6:55 mark, and Darius Paul would again stretch the lead to 13 points with a jumper at the 5:08 mark to make it 29-16. Austin Richie notched a lay-up with 2:27 remaining to keep the lead at 10 points, and Whittington scored with under a minute remaining in the half to make it 33-23. The Lakers would begin to close the gap, though, and pulled to within eight points at the half.